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Mark Foote
Post title: "Turning to the Left, Turning to the Right, Following Up Behind"
(Dec 11 2016 at 09:39 PM)

Mt. KonoctiThere's a koan in the "Blue Cliff Record" (case 17) that goes like this:


'A monk asked Hsiang Lin, "What is the meaning of the Patriarch's coming from the West?"
Hsiang Lin said, "Sitting for a long time becomes toilsome."'

(Yuanwu, 'Blue Cliff Record', Shambala publications pg 110)


In a commentary on the koan, the 12th century Chinese abbot Yuan

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Mark Foote
Post title: "The Secret of the Golden Flower"
(Sep 8 2016 at 08:57 PM)

I'd like to try to describe what I see in the lines of the illustration from "The Secret of the Golden Flower" (a Chinese meditation manual now dated somewhere between 1668 and 1692):

image from secret of the golden flower

The lines up the leg parallel the ilio-tibial tract, a fascial band which stretches from the lower leg to the pelvis, and to which the tensor and gluteo

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Mark Foote
Post title: "Zen Catholic Nun - Sister Elaine MacInnis"
(Jul 30 2016 at 10:40 AM)

I have a friend who is a newcomer to sitting. I sent her a link to Sister Elaine McInnis's video ("Still Sister"):




In the video, Sister McInnis says:

"We give people a, shall I call it a techinique, to become one with the breath; I teach 'being the breath'... to put all our powers of perception into being the breath... The bre

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